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The HeartBeat

A Message from Pastor Jeff

I know this is cliché, but my goodness, I can’t believe another year has gone by! As usual, I ended the year filled with anxiety about all the things I did not get done, the unfinished business, the goals that were not met, the people I disappointed. How about you? I guess I need to hear again the scripture that reads:

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.
—Luke 12:22–27

Jesus’ advice reads beautifully, but in the face of deadlines, expectations, a sinking economy, and dismal retirement prospects, it is hard to consider the flowers. Flowers have no mortgages, no business loans, no tuition, no braces for the kids, no unexpected sink repairs. Flowers have little say in their future and no recourse should things go wrong. Flowers just are, or in a dry year, are not. Beings of higher intelligence have more options and, therefore, more complexity and, consequently, more worry. So while worry may not add an hour to our lives (in fact, my doctor says it takes hours away from life), it is hard to refrain from it.

And yet, Jesus’ point is one we not only need to hear but also to heed. The hardest part of life is living. So we can begin by giving thanks to God who breathes life into us. And as we look to the new year, maybe we can concentrate a little less on building up storehouses for ourselves and celebrate life by feeding those who are in need. There are lots of folks who could use some help, and we can help! And maybe this year we could be open to letting God feed us instead of always wanting to dictate the menu. Have you ever seen a picky raven? The more we have, the more picky we seem to be. This goes for food, liturgy, and even spouses. Maybe a little humility will help us celebrate life with more ease and thankfulness. And seriously, you really are beautiful. Being an older, overweight, and not particularly well-dressed person, I certainly struggle with this one, but then again, I could have been born an armadillo. Your beauty is not tied up in the fleshy stuff; it is kindness, empathy, integrity, care, and joy wrapped in whatever shell you have. Hollywood doesn’t get to define beauty; God does.

So on the cusp of this new year, maybe we can resolve once again to be better people, get more done, and be more efficient and faithful. Or maybe we can consider the lilies and live thankfully in God’s grace.

Aloha,
Pastor Jeff Lilley
pr.jeff@lchwelcome.org

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January 1, 2010—
New Year‘s Day

German Vespers

4:00 PM at LCH

J. S. Bach: Cantata 122
Das neugeborne Kindelein

Telemann:
Deutsches Magnificat

LCH Choir; Soloists Vicki Gorman,
Georgine Stark, Carl Crosier,
Ian Capps, & Keane Ishii

Bach Chamber Orchestra

Bruce Bengston, guest organist

December Council Meeting!

The LCH Council met on December 15th. Here is a brief recap of the items discussed:

  • The second half of the Annual Congregational meeting will be on January 31st between services.
  • The 2010 Budget is available for review in the LCH office.
  • The Council would like to send a big warm aloha to all members and friends for their continued support and dedication to the church. From this family to yours, here and abroad, Happy Holidays!

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Take Credit Cards?

LCH accepts regular donations directly from a bank account, which many members find convenient. Some time ago we discontinued accepting credit card one-time or recurring donations because of the 1–2% charges by the credit card company.

If you feel that credit card donations, one-time or recurring, would increase your ability to give, please let Kanani know. She can be reached at <lch@lchwelcome.org> or 941-2566.

Many thanks,
Steve Miller
Treasurer

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2010 Budget Draft Preview

The 2010 budget draft is available for members to preview. If you have any questions please contact Steve Miller, Treasurer through the Church Office (941-2566).

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Angel Network—Gather in Giving!

vienna sausage graphicThe December in-gathering for the Angel Network was satisfying. A shopping cart with saimin, canned goods, Spam, and personal care items was collected for the Angel Network located at Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church. Thank you for all your support. In-gatherings are scheduled for the first Sunday of each month, so your next opportunity to participate is January 3rd.


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Leadership Roundtable

Sunday, January 3rd, at 11:15 AM, following the 10:30 service, the chairperson or another representative of each committee will meet in the Boardroom with Pastor Jeff and Council President Olivia Castro. This meeting, repeated the first Sunday of every month, is to enhance communications among committees. See you there!

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Use your hands; Calm your soul

yarn graphicGive yourself the gift of time and space this holiday season. Join In Stitches, the LCH craft group, for a morning of relaxation, fun, and fellowship. We meet the second and fourth Saturday of the month from 9:00 to 11:00 in the Boardroom. We work on our own projects or on items for the church. The next few meetings are January 9 and 23 and February 13 and 27.


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Friends of Process Thought

Fritz FritschelIn January we will have yet another foray into Process Thought, this time relating the topic to music based on an article by Jay McDaniel, entitled “Dwelling MUSICALLY in the world for the sake of sustainable COMMUNITY.” One of the sections of the article is entitled “Jesus, Buddhism, and Jazz.” Sounds interesting. Unfortunately, the article is not available online, but I have copies that I can hand out or deliver to interested people.

We meet on the second Saturday of the month, which means Saturday, January 9th, 9:30–11:00 AM. Come on Saturday or to the repeat session on Sunday, January 10, around noon. For more information contact Fritz through the Church Office (941-2566).

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Writers’ Workshop

Writers’ Workshop will meet for the first time in the new year on Monday, January 18th, 7:00–8:30 PM in the Boardroom (or the Rainbow Room) at LCH. We’ll be setting our spring schedule at that meeting. All are welcome. For information, please contact Kathryn Klingebiel through the Church Office (941-2566).

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought will meet for our first potluck supper and discussion of the new year at the home of Irmgard Hörmann on Saturday, January 23rd, at 6:30 PM. All are welcome. For directions or information, please contact Kathryn Klingebiel through the Church Office (941-2566).

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Committee/Interest Group Chairs

Committee/GroupLeader
Aloha Jam: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Archives: James Cartwright
Audit: Shannon Liston
Compline: Keane Ishii
Concert: Carl Crosier
Communications: Carol Langner
Council: Olivia Castro
Fellowship: Jeanette Hanson
Finance: Steve Miller
Food for Thought: Kathryn Klingebiel
Garden Club: Carol Langner
In Stitches: Linda Miller
Learning Ministry: Fred Benco
Mary Magdalene Society: Francisco Barajas
& Robert Zimmer
Ministry Plan Task Force: Jim Niermann
Mutual Ministry/Transition: April Smith
Pau Hana: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Pre-Compline: Fritz Fritschel
Process Theology: Fritz Fritschel
Property: Jean-Paul Klingebiel
Scholarship: Fred Benco
Social Ministry: Ray Herradura
& Robert Zimmer
Stewardship: Pam Buckley
& Jeanne Castello
Sunday School: Laurie Leach
& Linda Miller
Worship & Music: Linda Miller
Writers’ Workshop: Kathryn Klingebiel
Youth: Sean D’Evelyn
& Crescent C.

Mahalo to LCH Helpers

Campus Beautification

Edward IchikawaThe LCH office would like to thank Edward Ichikawa and Chuck Huxel for their gracious helping-hands in keeping up the church campus ground maintenance. The LCH has a new yard service, 3-D Landscaping, LLC, that will be servicing the Church and Poki lots twice a month starting January 2010.

If you are working on campus on a Saturday and happen to see new faces cleaning the grounds, its the 3-D crew.

Heart Beat Crew

Another year has gone by and the Heart Beat Crew has been meeting on the last Wednesday of the month to prepare the Heart Beat for mailing at 2:00 PM in the Boardroom. The crew is always looking for more helpers. Thanks to Ms. Peggy, Jean-Paul, Ilse, Audrey, Billie Jean, Mary-Jo, Carol, Fritz, and Lori for your help and service to LCH.

Music Mail Out

Mahalo to Vreni Griffith for making sure LCH’s Music postcards get mailed out to let members and friends know of upcoming music events. Many thanks to Kathy Crosier for your help with mailing labels and creating beautiful postcards for our music events.

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G.O.L.F. ‘Ohana

The LCH G.O.L.F. 'ohana poses for a picture before they begin playThe LCH Golf Group had one of their largest turn outs yet when 11 gathered for a friendly round on the links after worship on Sunday, December 13.

The beautiful, sunny day was not without incident. Jake McIlvaine showed up in his full dress uniform after being called to an emergency at Pearl Harbor. Fortunately, that got taken care of in time for him to join the group. After all, nothing can keep golfers from their commitments. Fred Benco hit a magnificent drive on the ninth hole—so magnificent it broke the club. But there was also a celebration when Emily McIlvaine got her first par in Hawai‘i.

These golf outings are all about recreation and not competition, and all are welcome. Join them the second Sunday of February when they play at Fort Shafter. See Peggy Anderson for details.


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What’s New on the LCH Website?

Bill Potter, Webmaster

Bill PotterOver the last couple of weeks I have been monitoring the analysis of traffic on our LCH website in preparation for writing my annual report, and I’d like to share a few observations in this column that didn’t make it into that report.

As you probably would guess, the most visited page on our site is our home page. The five other main pages (the ones listed in the main navigation menu at the top of each page) in the top ten were Worship, Congregational Life, Newsletter, Music, and Children. The other four top pages might surprise you: the paraments and vestments page, our worship furnishing page, the pew cushions page, and the preschool page.

This ranking is fairly constant throughout the year, although the monthly listing of readings, hymns, and special music sometimes makes it in the top ten, and in the last couple of months, the Morning Prayer page as well. There are also a few seasonal changes. For example, during the last part of November and the first part of December each year, the Jesse Tree page shoots up in the monthly rankings.

What accounts for the high ranking of these particular pages? Basically, it derives from the fact that about 80% of the traffic to our site comes from search engines. I guess there are quite a few people looking for ideas for new paraments and needlepoint or trying to find out where they can get a Taizé cross like we have in the Nave.

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Join Us, Brunch Potluck

The Fellowship Committee will be hosting a Brunch Potluck on Sunday, December 27th after the 10:30 service. The committee will be furnishing a ham and dinner rolls. Please bring a dish to share as shown below:

Last names A thru H Main dish
Last names I thru P Salad
Last names Q thru Z Dessert, fruit, or pastries

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks,
Jeanette

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2010 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Ecumenical Worship

Wednesday, January 20, 7:00 PM
St. Andrew’s Cathedral

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St. John’s Women’s Retreat

St. John Lutheran Church invites you to our Women’s Retreat January 29–31, 2010, at St. Stephen’s Diocesan Center on the Pali. The theme is “Connect/Reconnect with God,” presented by Maxine Pollock.

“Connect/Reconnect” is about the Great Commandment: Remembering our first connection with the Lord and then allowing space within ourselves for reconnection at a deeper level, which ultimately affects all relationships. In other words: Love of God/Love of neighbor.

Maxine Pollock is a certified spiritual director and has more that 25 years in Christian ministry and spirituality. She received her training from Mercy Center in Burlingame, California.

After 20 years as Pastoral Associate at a large parish, Maxine developed her own ministry called the “Scrub Bucket Gospel Ministries.” She leads retreats and seminars throughout the islands bringing the message of the Love of God to His people.

The cost is $189, which includes lodging and meals. (In addition, free-will donations for the speaker are encouraged.)

A limited number of scholarships are available based on financial need. To register or to apply for a scholarship, email <mckellars001@hawaii.rr.com> or mail a check made out to St. John Lutheran to 1004 Kailua Road, Kailua HI 96734. Put Women’s Retreat on the envelope and on your check.

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End of Year Contributions

As specified in IRS regulations, all donations made in person at church through Thursday, December 31st, or postmarked by December 31 will be counted as part of your 2009 contributions for tax purposes. Any contributions received (or postmarked) after December 31st—no matter the date on the check—will be credited to 2010 for tax purposes.

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The HeartBeat Goes All-Digital

Because the Lutheran Church of Honolulu is committed to its vision of sustainability and stewardship, beginning with the February issue, we will be publishing our monthly newsletter The HeartBeat digitally and no longer sending it in paper form to every household.

Not only will this change save thousands of pieces of paper, the electricity needed to duplicate and mail each edition, postage and its associated costs, but it will also free up volunteer hours for other activities.

We realize that not everyone is able to receive the newsletter in electronic form, so if you would like to continue to receive a hard copy of The HeartBeat, please contact the church office by January 15.

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Mahalo to Our Poinsettia Donors

  • Carl & Kathy Crosier—In memory of William G. Crosier, Ina-lill Runquist, Kitman Au, Mary Granaas, James Holloway; and in honor of Dorothy Au & Stephen Crosier
  • Adriane Clissold—In memory of Albert Orsen Clissold, Eliot A. DeMello, Fern A. DeMello, Mary DeMello, Claire Weaver, Louis Gottschott, Florence DeMello, & Amelia DeMello
  • Stacy & Chris Bushman—In honor of Allison & Emily Bushman; In memory of John Goodmanson
  • Chuck Pearson & Josie Bidgood—In honor of Claire Jacoby; Casey Mclenahan; Joe, Cathy, Charlie, & Maddock; Elizabeth & Chris
  • Carolyn & Fred Benco—In memory of Tokinori & Kimiko Ishikawa; Bhanu E. Rana
  • Francisco Barajas & Robert Raasch—In honor of the Barajas/Raasch families & In memory of Amelie Gonzalez
  • Vicki, Mike, Mitchell, and Niell Gorman—In memory of Jane Pfluger
  • The Watanabe Family—In honor of our grandchildren
  • The Kaeo Family—In honor of Claire & Elijah, Jr. and Dottie Martin; In memory of Donald Shibuya & Grandparents
  • Frances Viglielmo—In memory of George MacDonald
  • Bob & Marlise Tellander—In honor of Sonja Josephine Tellander
  • Robert & Karen Savala—In honor of our first grandson Jackson Pomaika'i Savala. In memory of our parents Richard & Violet Savala and John & Thelma Roberts
  • Rudy Riingen—In honor of Mark Russell; In memory of my father Agustin Riingen
  • Larry & Kiyoko Nitz
  • Billie Jean Ries—In memory of the Ries and Ardisson families
  • Amanda Lippert—In honor of the Lippert & Blamble families
  • Jeff & Jean Lilley—In honor of Pat Lilley & Elwin Bergstraesser
  • Ilse Layau—In memory of my husband
  • Hope Jahren—In honor of the LCH congregation
  • Chuck Huxel & Nan Wond Family—In memory of Virginia Wambach; Lolita Lean Guerrero Huxel; Charles & Nelle Huxel; Jim Huxel
  • Irmgard Hörmann—In memory of Bernhard & Helmuth Hörmann
  • Frank & Sue Haas—In memory of Jack B. Haas & Lida Haas Traband
  • Mike Formby & Peter Lee—In memory of our parents
  • Mary Fastenau & John Flanagan—In honor of Betty Flanagan. In memory of Miriam Fastenau
  • Linda Quarberg—In memory of Wilma & Norma Tornow
  • Jeanette Hanson—In honor of grandson DJ Hanson. In memory of parents Mr. & Mrs. Erhardt Haar

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Attendance and Offerings for December
Date Worship Service    Attendance Offering Fund    Offering Amount
December 6    8:00 AM Service 65 Offering $4,044.25
10:30 AM Service 96 Sunday School Offering $1.00
Compline 34 Altar Flowers $120.00
Total 195 Music Fund $80.00
    ELCA World Hunger $803.00
       
December 13    8:00 AM Service 62 Offering $2,551.00
10:30 AM Service 77 Music Library $100.00
Compline 22 Altar Flowers $197.00
Total 161 Benevolences $25.00
    Angel Network $25.00
       
December 20    8:00 AM Service 61 Offering $3,955.25
10:30 AM Service 66 Altar Flowers $63.00
Compline 38 Social Ministries $60.00
Total 165 Learning Ministries $50.00
    Angel Network $100.00
    ELCA World Hunger $100.00
    Music $600.00

Attendance and Offerings for Sunday, December 27, were not available at time of publication.

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Prayer Requests
Carl Karen prayer request graphic
Gene Kathy
Jeanette Shane
Stan

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January Birthdays
Date Name Snowdrop: January birth flower
1/02 Hanna Kath
1/03 Jeanne Castello
1/05 Fred Benco
1/05 Adriane Clissold
1/05 Marcie Say
1/06 Angie Niermann
1/07 Bob Tellander
1/09 Mei Li Siaw
1/12 Allen Bauchle
1/12 Mary Kubota
1/15 Dennis Rike
1/17 Palmyra Hethcote
1/21 Jordan N.
1/22 Chuck Huxel
1/23 Jim Niermann
1/29 Annelore Yakabi

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LCH Worship Participants
Holy Communion (8:00 AM)
DATE January 3 January 10 January 17 January 24 January 31
LECTOR Jim Sullivan Cindy Scheinert Carolyn Koehler Linda Miller Chris Bushman
COMMUNION
ASSISTANTS
Chuck Huxel
Stacey Bushman
Bobby Broyles
Laurie Leach
Crescent C.
Sean D‘Evelyn
Ken Bauchle
Bill Hamblet
Charlotte D‘Evelyn
Peter Lee
Mike Formby
Peggy Anderson
Jim Sullivan
Chuck Huxel
Kyra Ann Takamiya
ACOLYTE Allison B. Sophie C. Missy H. Emily McIlvaine Emily B.
LAYING ON
OF HANDS
  Stephanie Luuloa      
USHER Fred Benco Fred Benco Fred Benco Fred Benco Fred Benco
Choral Eucharist (10:30 AM)
DATE January 3 January 10 January 17 January 24 January 31
LECTOR Peter Flachsbart Irmgard Hörmann Kathryn Klingebiel Angie Niermann Roy Helms
DEACON Vicki Gorman Sue Haas Frank Haas Mary Fastenau Bob Zimmer
SUBDEACON Bob Zimmer Steve Jensen Josie Bidgood Bob Tellander Karyn Castro
COMMUNION
ASSISTANT
Mary Fastenau Randy Christensen Bob Zimmer Vicki Gorman Ray Herradura
ACOLYTES Karyn Castro
Nathalie J.
Savannah M.
Niell G.
Jordan M.
Teresa McCreary
Neill G.
Mitchell G.
Reid W.
Nathalie J.
LAYING ON
OF HANDS
  Bob Zimmer      
USHERS Peter Flachsbart
Paul Fujii
Jean-Paul Klingebiel
LaVerne Rickard
Peter Flachsbart
Paul Fujii
Jean-Paul Klingebiel
LaVerne Rickard
Peter Flachsbart
Paul Fujii
Jean-Paul Klingebiel
LaVerne Rickard
Peter Flachsbart
Paul Fujii
Jean-Paul Klingebiel
LaVerne Rickard
Peter Flachsbart
Paul Fujii
Jean-Paul Klingebiel
LaVerne Rickard
ALTAR
GUILD
Stephanie Luuloa
Susan Burns
Karen Fay
Marlise Tellander
Stephanie Luuloa
Susan Burns
Karen Fay
Marlise Tellander
Stephanie Luuloa
Susan Burns
Karen Fay
Marlise Tellander
Stephanie Luuloa
Susan Burns
Karen Fay
Marlise Tellander
Stephanie Luuloa
Susan Burns
Karen Fay
Marlise Tellander

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Heart Beat Deadline

Next Heart Beat Deadline is Tuesday, January 19!

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Heavenly Humor

Cartoon: There's a new 12-Step meeting during your sermon: Narcoleptics anonymous

Words to Start the New Year

Purpose and laughter are the twins that must not separate. Each is empty without the other.”

—Robert K. Greenleaf (via Rev. Dr. Edward A. Black Jr., Presbyterian Church of Broomfield, CO)

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better person.”

—Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard‘s Almanack

“Three daily reminders: Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Have the courage to do the right thing because it is right.”

—Mark Twain (via Apple Seeds

A New Year‘s prayer: “May we live in a home at peace and in a world at peace, with the awareness of every baby‘s smile, the beauty in every sunrise and sunset, every flower‘s unfolding petals, and every wonderful, miraculous beat of our heart. May we be blessed with every joy, good health, and the love of God in our hearts in 2010.”

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Calendar: January 2010
Day Date Event and Time
Friday January 1 New Year‘s Day—Office Closed
German Vespers for New Year‘s Day, 4:00 PM
Sunday January 3 Angel Network Ingathering
Holy Communion, 8:00 AM
Christian Education for All Ages, 9:10 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Leadership Roundtable, 11:45 AM
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 PM
Compline, 9:00 PM
Thursday January 7 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
Preschool Chapel, 10:30 AM
Saturday January 9 In Stitches, 9:00 AM
Process Thought Forum, 9:30 AM
Sunday January 10 Holy Communion, 8:00 AM
Christian Education for All Ages, 9:10 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Process Thought Forum (Repeat), 12:00 Noon
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 PM
Compline, 9:00 PM
Monday January 11 Aloha Jam, 6:00 PM
Tuesday January 12 Worship & Music, 6:30 PM
Wednesday January 13 Finance Committee, 12:30 PM
Thursday January 14 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
Preschool Chapel, 10:30 AM
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
Friday January 15 IHS Meal—Prepared, 1:00 PM
IHS Meal—Served, 5:30 PM
Sunday January 17 Holy Communion, 8:00 AM
Christian Education for All Ages, 9:10 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Social Ministry Meeting, 12:00 Noon
Abendmusiken Concert, 4:00 PM (Poster PDF)
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 PM
Compline, 9:00 PM
Monday January 18 Martin L. King, Jr. Day—Office Closed
Council Committee Reports Due, 12:00 Noon
Writers‘ Workshop, 7:00 PM
Tuesday January 19 Heart Beat Deadline, 9:00 AM
Executive Meeting, 6:00 PM
Council Meeting, 6:30 PM
Wednesday January 20 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 7:00 PM
Thursday January 21 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
Preschool Chapel, 10:30 AM
Saturday January 23 In Stitches, 9:00 AM
Sunday January 24 Holy Communion, 8:00 AM
Christian Education for All Ages, 9:10 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 PM
Compline, 9:00 PM
Wednesday January 27 Confirmation, 6:00 PM
8 O‘Clock Ensemble, 6:30 PM
Thursday January 28 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
Preschool Chapel, 10:30 AM
Sunday January 31 RIC Sunday
Holy Communion, 8:00 AM
Annual Congregational Meeting, 9:10 AM
Sunday School, 9:10 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 PM
Compline, 9:00 PM

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